A Twitter user posted a video of Nyesom Wike, the governor of Rivers State, alongside the claim that he said Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) was the winner of the February 25 presidential election.
The tweet, posted on April 17, 2023, has since garnered over 81,000 views, as of when it was retrieved from Twitter.
“Hear Nyesom Wike confess that the winner of the last presidential polls is @PeterObi.This is after working against him with all his state might. You see, falsehood is just but for a season, but the truth will prevail at the end of the day. Please watch.” the caption to the post read.
Peter Obi came third in the just-concluded general election with Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) coming first and second respectively.
Claim: Nyesom Wike said in a video that Peter Obi was the winner of the last presidential poll.
CDD Election War Room found that the clip is an excerpt from a video posted by Channels Television on YouTube, on March 11, 2023. The video is from an interactive session between Wike and some trade associations in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
In the video posted on Twitter, Wike could be heard saying “The hero of this election whether you like am or you no like am is Obi. I am not saying it to make you happy, I am saying the truth and nothing but the truth. He may not have been pronounced as the winner no problem, the law will take its course.”
Throughout the video, Wike never stated that Peter Obi won the election like the Twitter post claimed.
In the continuation of his speech in the full video posted on YouTube, Wike stated that if “Obi did not contest, power could have gone back to the North.”
Wike was simply admitting Obi’s role in taking votes from historically-PDP states, thereby ruining Atiku’s chances at winning the presidential race.
Wike is known to have worked vehemently against Atiku in the just concluded election.
The claim that Nyesom Wike said in a video that Peter Obi was the winner of the last presidential poll is false; CDD War Room found that Wike only said that Obi was the hero of the election and not that he won.